Artists remove vandalism from mural honoring MAX stabbing victims

Artists removed vandalism from the mural honoring the MAX stabbing victims on May 1, 2018. KATU News

PORTLAND, Ore. – The new TriMet mural to honor the victims of the May 2017 MAX stabbing was vandalized Monday night.

The artist says someone glued several posters on the wall at the Hollywood Transit Center.

Artists quickly removed the posters Tuesday morning.

The mural is not yet finished, but it’s well underway.

In February, TriMet decided Sarah Farahat would lead a team of artists to transform nearly 2,000 feet of wall space at the Transit Center into a vibrant tribute.

On May 26, 2017 two men were killed and a third was seriously injured after being stabbed on a MAX train while trying to de-escalate a situation where a man was harassing two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

Portlanders rallied around the men, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, Ricky Best and Micah Fletcher, calling them heroes for standing up for others in the face of hatred.

The mural will serve as a temporary tribute to the fallen heroes.

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